Kohima, March 11: A militant was injured during a shootout between cadres of the Khaplang and Khole-Kitovi factions of the National Socialist Council at Old Ministers’ Hill here.
The injured militant is a cadre of the NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) faction.
The incident took place a few metres from the official residence of home minister G. Kaito Aye.
Police rushed to the area but failed to arrest anyone. Posh areas like Old and New Ministers’ hill have become safe havens for the militants.
NSCN (K) spokesman Sangso Mongzar claimed militants from the rival outfit fired upon them first and the cadres intentionally shot the man in the leg and left him at the spot.
“We did not want to create a situation so we did not take his life,” Mongzar said.
The two factions have been waging a turf war after the split of NSCN (K) in 2011. Dozens of cadres from both the groups have been killed in factional clashes.
Recently, a top functionary of the NSCN (K), Kughalu Mulatonu, defected to the NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) with four other cadres.
An NSCN (K) source said one of its cadres was shot dead today in Arunachal Pradesh during an encounter with the Assam Rifles.
“Our boys were ambushed by the Assam Rifles,” the source said.